Book review: Tales from the Glass Ceiling/ Womenomics/ Confesssions of a Citygirl

Three of a kind - stories from the front line of the gender war...

Last Updated: 25 Oct 2010

Tales from the Glass Ceiling
Jo Haigh

Jo Haigh was named Yorkshire Businesswoman of the Year in 2005 when she ran her own corporate finance practice. Her battles with male chauvinism, covert and blatant, will ring bells. She prefers, she says, circumnavigation to confrontation. Quirky, broadranging advice on work/life balance, wardrobe malfunctions and other issues of survival, peppered with wry and witty one-liners from fellow female toilers. - Best of its kind

Claire Shipman and Katty Kay
Harper Collins

These two Washington DC-based journalists contend that women are the solution to this recession. Firms that promote female execs are more successful, research proves, and this should give them the confidence and power to dictate the flexible work terms they need. Research interweaves with personal reminiscence and a wide canvassing of opinion to offset the hockey-mom tone. - Could be useful

Confesssions of a Citygirl
Suzana S
Virgin Books

Suzana S gets down (but not dirty) with loud-mouthed City boys necking champagne at lap-dancing clubs. Mixing fact and fiction, the author - CityGirl mole for and now outed as Barbara Stcherbatcheff - recounts her progress from back-office drone to ball-breaking trader who marries (and then divorces) a colleague. But a racy read this ain't. Her life amid the pre-crunch 'macho madness' is ploddingly told. - Of minor interest.

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